Born in Jamaica, Gillian Royes’s personal mantra of “leave no stone unturned,” has led her to a life of adventure in five countries. After being an editor, an entrepreneur, a corporate executive, a communications consultant, a project manager and a university lecturer, the only occupation left to her was writing. She authored her first book, Business is Good, a history of the Canning’s Corporation, a historical Caribbean company, while living in Trinidad. After returning to the States to lecture first at Georgia State University and then at the University of the Virgin Islands, Gillian began writing the Shad Series, featuring Shad Myers, the loveable bartender and town sleuth of Largo Bay. The fourth book in the series is The Rhythm of the August Rain (Atria Books), in which Shad chases down clues to a woman’s mysterious disappearance.